It's already a month since I left Madison. On the way, I stayed two whole days in Denver. Larry showed me his laboratory
and drove for me to the forest of the Rocky Mountains. I also spent a day each at Santa Fe and Grand Canyon, to see an inheritance
of the old Spanish town in the U.S., and to see a symbol of 'american [sic] large scale.'
The coast of Pacific Grove was just in full bloom when I arrived. I have never seen such a coast filled with bright atmosphere.
I could get a room one block from the seaside driveway and ten blocks from the Station. The blue ocean is in view through
The course work is very compact. Dr. Van Niel's lecture is consist of historical review of the development of research
on each subject. So the lecture is much more interesting than that of simple description. Two thirds of the students (including
auditors) are Ph.D. holders. Most of them are biochemist. Among them are two "berg"s, who are interested in microbial
genetics. The one is Dr. Weinberg. He was originally Drosophila geneticist, now working with Dr Bertoni. His interest is
the mutation by analogues of DNA components. The other one is Dr. Rittenberg, professor of Southern Calif. U.. He showed
me many interesting sequential microphotographs of spore formation in heptaspillane[?]. Some pictures show
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two cells twisted, just like what Walfron observed, and a spore is formed sharing a part of each cells. He assumes the picture
shows the conjugation. He is preparing the strains with convenient markers to test the possibility of recombination.
My partner of laboratory work is Mr. Schatkin, from Rockefeller Inst. He is going to work with Dr. Tatum from comming [sic]
fall. Dr. Dworkin, from Berkley [sic], is a Seymour's friend, and also a friend of my friend who was working at Texas.
Seymour came last week end to the Station, on the way to Carmel for vacation. We had a time to meet at a tea hour.
The class members are planning a trip to Yosemite Ntl. Park next week end [sic]. I will join in the party. I have not had
a time to visit San Francisco yet. Probably I will go there on the first week end [sic] of August, and will be able to have
a time to meet you.